From the Associated Press via ABC News:
A Georgia teen says in a civil rights complaint that she should have been allowed to complete her schoolwork from home while pregnant and on doctor-ordered bed rest.
According to the complaint filed Thursday, 18-year-old Mikelia Seals was a junior at Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School when her doctor ordered bed rest seven months into her pregnancy. The complaint says a guidance counselor told Seals the school did not have a program letting her take classes from home.
According to Georgia law, the school is required to consider Ms. Seals for homebound programs as long as she meets other eligibility requirements. Why the school counselor told her they didn’t have such a program is beyond me, as state law requires it. This particular school system has gotten into trouble once before over the same issue.
What bothers me the most is that you have a young girl who is trying to finish her high school education even with the obstacles facing her. The school system should embrace her wanting to complete her education and work hard as hell to ensure she can complete it. Instead, it seems as though the school system doesn’t really care about her education at all. If that is the case, why have a school system at all?
It’s their duty and responsibility to educate the kids in their school. Teenage mothers face hurdles that others don’t have to deal with. Helping this young lady with her education will go a long way towards ensuring that she can provide for her child instead of depending on taxpayers to take care of them both.
Shame on the counselor and anyone else involved in this case. No child should ever have to sue a school to get an education. Not when we offer one for free. Don’t set this young lady up for failure by denying her the chance to improve herself.